The 2018 2-year-old filly champion Jaywalk impressively notched her first victory of the year in the mile and a sixteenth $300,000 Grade III Delaware Oaks today.
With Joe Bravo aboard, the daughter of Cross Traffic owned by D. J. Stable and Cash is King won by nine lengths and returned $4.80 as the second choice in the field of six. The 4-to-5 favorite Fashion Faux Pas with Daniel Centeno, finished second. It was another 4-lengths farther back to Ujjayi, with Tyler Conner, in third. Jaywalk cut early fractions of :47.77 for the half mile and 1:10.72 for the three-quarters mile before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.21 over a fast main track.
The Kentucky-bred conditioned by John Servis raised her career record to five wins from nine starts with earnings of $1,636,500. In her 2019 debut, she finished fourth in the Grade II Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She followed with a third in the Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland and in her most recent start a sixth in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Last year, she won the $50,000 White Clay Creek Stakes at Delaware Park before closing her championship 2-year-old campaign with victories in the Grade I Frizette Stakes at Belmont Park and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs.
“When she came back after her first race earlier in the year, I thought maybe she needed the race, so I started bearing down on her a little bit with her works and that is probably the worst thing I could have done,” said winning trainer John Servis. “She just did not respond well to it. She is the kind of filly that can go out there and work fast, and you saw the fractions today and he did not lay the stick on her, so we just wiped the slate clean, gave her a little bit of time, and freshened her. We went back to the old routine with what we did last year with the two minute licks and putting those long quicker miles in her, and she responded. That was my girl today. It felt very very good when she started opening up. You know with horses, sometimes you got to figure them out and we get caught up in the shuffle sometimes and you got to go back to square one. The original plan was to run her next in the Monmouth Oaks, but with the downtime it depends when they (Parx) let me go back to training. She is not a big filly, so I do not think she will get setback for long.”
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